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News round-up 22/6

Liverpool terminal for Drax pellet imports; GIB invests in LED installation programme; Potters to run Powys HWRCs; Sustainable Lego researched

£100m Liverpool terminal for Drax pellet imports

The Financial Times reports that the port of Liverpool is building a £100m terminal to handle imported wood pellets for the Drax power plant.

Drax, the UK’s largest power plant, which provides more than 7% of its electricity, is converting three of its six coal-fired units to biomass to reduce its carbon emissions and its costs, as taxes on coal rise.

The new biomass terminal includes a rail loading facility and storage capacity for up to 100,000 tonnes.

Financial Times

GIB invests in LED installation programme

The Green Investment bank (GIB) and Equitix have announced a commitment of £5m to a UK building retrofit programme for LED lights.

The Equitix-managed fund Energy Saving Investments, in which GIB is a cornerstone investor, is putting £2.5m into the project. This will mobilise an additional £2.5m of private sector capital from the Equitix Energy Efficiency Fund.

GKN Aerospace will be the first in line for support at its Falcon Yard facility on the Isle of Wight. The scheme will deliver longer life improved lighting whilst helping GKN reduce carbon emissions and energy costs.

Press release

Potters to run Powys HWRCs

Potters Waste Management has won a five-year deal to be the sole contractor for household waste recycling centres in Powys, Wales.

The company already operates council recycling centres at Welshpool and Newtown but from 1 July will also manage the Brecon and Ystradgynlais sites along with a new Radnorshire site to be opened early next year.

Users will be asked to separate their refuse into into the appropriate containers and be asked to provide proof of their address before depositing any material.

Press release

Sustainable Lego researched

The Lego Group is investing DKK1bn (£96m) in a sustainable materials centre which will be dedicated to research, development and implementation of new, sustainable, raw materials to manufacture Lego elements and packaging.

The group expects to recruit more than 100 people to achieve their 2030 sustainability goals.

The centre will be based at Lego’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark.

Press release

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